Centre Provisions

Arete Outdoor Centre is purpose built for schools and groups. There are 73 beds in total that can be split into two seperate areas with 20 beds in the West Wing and 53 beds in the Main Centre.  All the dorms have bunk beds and vary in size from 2 person to 8 / 9 person rooms. We can divide the building to provide seperate male and female sleeping areas and toilet / shower facilities.  

We have two main comunal areas for pupils in the building plus a games room and a staff room for some timeout. There are extensive cloakrooms and drying facilities to deal with wet kit. Outside we have a range of store rooms providing easy access to all of the outdoor kit you will be using each day.

Pictures and more detail can be found under accommodation.


If you choose to be fully catered we can provide breakfast lunch and dinner each day. Our dedicated cook Carol and her assistant Ann will ensure that you are well fed. We are setup to cater for any dieterary requirement and have a range of allergy free meals, halal, vegitarian or vegan options. 


Cereal and toast. Cooked option can include baked beans / bacon & egg / sausage & hash brown / vegitarian suasage.


We provide ingredients for pupils to create their own sandwiches. Fruit, cake and crisps are provided to supplement sandwiches. Instructors will often take hot chocloate out on activity sessions.


Three courses each evening as a sit down meal.  Soup or juice for starters. Main course can include bolognese, pizza & wedges, full roast, pasta bake, fish & home cooked chips. A desert will also be offered such as chocolate cake, banofee pie or crumble.

Outdoor Kit

We can provide all the necessary kit for your stay. Everyone will be issued with full waterproofs, fleeces and rucksac to use on their arrival - all of which can live in their own cloak room space. Depending on the activity we also have a range of wetsuits, cags, wellingtons, rock boots and walking boots plus of course all the safety items. 


We have a fleet of seven minibuses and a people carrier to allow easy access to the range of outdoor venues we use. This allows us to transport over 90 passengers at the same time. Our instructors are all qualified to drive the mini buses.  In the evenings visiting staff can also use a vehicle if they have the relevant driving licence.


We provide waterproof cameras for each activity group. They can record their visit and create memories of each activity. At the end of the week we use a simple online file sharing service so they can access them upon their return home.

Internet & Staff Areas

Our building has WiFi access that can be easily accessed anytime of day or night. We can also provide a computer should you need to stay in touch while away from school. There is a seperate staff room to allow downtime without the pupils or an area to quietly catch up on work.